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Deepak Chahar registers best bowling figures in T20I history

Deepak Chahar registered the best-ever bowling figures in T20Is on Sunday as India beat Bangladesh in the series decider in Nagpur. Chahar also became the first male Indian cricketer to take a T20I hat-trick.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 11, 2019 6:41:17 pm
Deepak Chahar claimed figures of 6/7 in the 3rd T20I vs Bangladesh in Nagpur on Sunday (Twitter/BCCI)

Deepak Chahar took figures of 6/7 in 3.2 overs in the 3rd T20I vs Bangladesh in Nagpur on Sunday. These are the best bowling figures in the history of T20 internationals.

Chahar’s spell led India to a 30-run win over Bangladesh as the hosts won the series 2-1.

The earlier record of the best T20I bowling figures had belonged to Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis, who had taken 6/8 vs Zimbabwe in 2012.

Not only in T20Is, Chahar’s figures of 6/7 are also the fourth best in T20s around the world.

In more than 8000 T20 matches played around the world, Chahar’s figures are only behind Colin Ackerman, Arul Suppiah and Shakib al Hasan – all of whom have better figures, but in domestic and franchise T20 matches.

Deepak Chahar also became the first male Indian cricketer to take a hat-trick in T20Is. In women’s cricket, Ekta Bisht had become the first Indian to take a hat-trick in a T20I, when she had registered 3/16 against Sri Lanka in 2012.

Six Indians have international hat-tricks to their name, but none of them came in T20Is. Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami have ODI hat-tricks, while Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan have Test hat-tricks.

Chahar was declared the Man of the Match as well as the Man of the Series. Speaking after the match, he said, “Rohit had told me that he will give me some crucial overs. I always focus on the next ball.”

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